Stuart Allan describes the 22 Henry Lever Action Rifle:
The 22 Henry Lever Action Rifle is a lever-action rifle with a tubular magazine, meaning that the tube you see underneath the barrel is where the cartridges are stored. Load the tube. Work the lever back and forth, take aim and fire. This rifle probably does not need an explanation of its function because I can almost guarantee you have seen at least one just like it.
Have you ever seen a John Wayne movie? Ever heard the name Clint Eastwood? If you have ever seen any western movie, or looked at a painting of the wild west? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you know exactly what this rifle looks like. This Iconic piece of old west history is likely one of the most famous rifles to ever be produced.
The rifle you have seen it the old westerns is actually chambered to fire a larger cartridge instead of the 22 caliber cartridge that ours fires. That however is a great thing because the recoil of a 22 cartridge is almost non existent, making is a real joy to shoot for anyone who wants to put it to their shoulder. This rifle not only looks like something straight out of the movies, but, as many parents have found, it is perfect for teaching your children how to use, and respect a firearm.
An interesting fact about the Henry is that it is made by Henry Repeating Arms which has been producing lever action repeating rifles since the end of the Civil War. My first encounter with one of these rifles was my Grandfather’s rifle which had been his Grandfather’s rifle. This gun’s history might even go further back than that! My grandfather had received it as a young boy and it was already broken so it became his toy rifle that he used to pack around all over the family homestead.
When Henry repeaters were first adopted by the Union towards the end of the Civil War the Confederate soldiers claimed the Union soldiers would “Load ‘em on Sunday and shoot all week.”
You may no longer be able to take a picture with John Wayne, but a picture or video of you firing a 22 Henry Lever Action Rifle here at the Jackson Hole Shooting Experience has almost the same significance. I hope the memories you create will be as fond as mine.